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Peter Gabriel, Sheryl Crow, Jimmy Cliff, and Jack Dorsey, Co-Founder of Twitter, Support Human Rights Organization Using Video to Expose Human Rights Abuses

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Peter Gabriel, Sheryl Crow, Jimmy Cliff, and Jack Dorsey, Co-Founder of Twitter, Support Human Rights Organization Using Video to Expose Human Rights Abuses

Music legend and human rights activist Peter Gabriel will host the 6th Annual Focus for Change benefit dinner and concert for WITNESS, the international human rights organization, on Thursday, December 2nd at Roseland Ballroom in New York City.

The event includes performances by Grammy Award-winner Sheryl Crow and reggae legend Jimmy Cliff. Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter, is a keynote speaker who will highlight the power of online spaces to inform people about on-the-ground abuses and mobilize them to take action.

The event will showcase WITNESS’ innovative use of video and storytelling to end human rights violations. Co-founded in 1992 by Gabriel, WITNESS has trained and supported thousands of human rights defenders in more than 80 countries to use video in their campaigns for change. Video has been used by WITNESS partners to corroborate allegations of human rights violations; as evidence in courts; to promote grassroots education and mobilization; as a resource for news broadcasts; and as a deterrent to further abuse.

“Video testimony ensures that the suffering of thousands of people all over the world cannot be denied or forgotten.  Those voices can be amplified and heard in the places of power and courts of justice,” said Gabriel of the organization’s impact.

This year WITNESS is honoring HBO for using the power of documentary film to educate, illuminate and inspire. It is also honoring WITNESS partner LICADHO for its work to end forced evictions in Cambodia. Dr. Pung Chhiv Kek, President of LICADHO, and the Venerable Luon Sovath, a human rights defender also known as the “multi-media monk” will represent the organization at the event.

WITNESS trained LICADHO staff how to use video in their online and on-the-ground campaigns to document forced evictions of citizens whose land has been seized for so-called ‘development projects.’  LICADHO is capturing the abuses Cambodians experience from the moment their homes are targeted for seizure, through demolition and aftermath.  Affected communities may find themselves abandoned or relocated far away without homes, jobs, schools or hospitals.

Based on 16 Million Barcode Scans by Smartphone Users, ShopSavvy Reveals the Hottest Gifts for the 2010 Holiday Season

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Data from ShopSavvy users shows Uncle Milton’s Moon In My Room, “Toy Story 3” and “Call of Duty: Black Ops” among the most-scanned items from Nov. 1-10.

In the first 10 days of the holiday shopping season, ShopSavvy users performed 16 million product scans with ShopSavvy’s built-in barcode reader, with nearly a third of the smartphone app’s 6.5 million users scanning at least one item from Nov. 1-10. This is more than three times the number of scans conducted in the same period in 2009. The data offers a compelling sneak peek at holiday shopping trends for 2010.

“In a typical month, ShopSavvy users conduct between 30 and 50 million scans; this month, we expect that to be closer to 120 million scans, with more than half of those coming over Black Friday weekend,” said Alexander Muse, co-creator of ShopSavvy, the comparison shopping app for iPhone, Android and Nokia smartphone users. “This represents a mountain of data of value to retailers, advertisers and the shopping public.”

Based on ShopSavvy user data, the most-scanned products in the top holiday gift categories from Nov. 1-10 were the following:

Toys

1.    Uncle Milton’s Moon In My Room

2.    Squinkies Bubble Pack – Series One

3.    Fushigi Magic Gravity Ball

4.    LEGO Harry Potter Hagrid’s Hut

5.    The Sing-a-ma-jigs Set of 4 Singing Plush Figures

Books

1.    “Life” by Keith Richards

2.    “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth” by Jeff Kinney

3.    “Decision Points” by George W. Bush

4.    “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” by Stieg Larsson

5.    “Full Dark, No Stars” by Stephen King

DVDs

1.    “Toy Story 3”

2.    “How to Train Your Dragon”

3.    “Iron Man 2”

4.    “Sex and the City 2”

5.    “Modern Family: The Complete First Season”

Video Games

1.    “Call of Duty: Black Ops”

2.    “StarCraft II”

3.    “Halo: Reach”

4.    “NBA 2K11”

5.    “GoldenEye 007”

Consumer Electronics

1.    LG Blu-ray Disc Player

2.    Vizio 55-inch 1080p LCD HDTV

3.    Canon Pixma Wireless Printer

4.    Apple TV

5.    Roku XD Streaming Player

ShopSavvy’s 6.5 million users are expected to conduct more than 200 million scans between now and Christmas, Muse said.

Last week, ShopSavvy released ShopSavvy 4 for iPhone, offering an array of new features to make holiday shopping easier for smartphone users. The new consumer-friendly functionality includes:

  • Price-matching policies. ShopSavvy tells you whether a retailer will match a competitor’s lower price based on ShopSavvy results.
  • Up-to-date inventory information. A blue dot by a retailer’s name on the price results pages tells you whether an item is currently in stock.
  • Streaming deals. ShopSavvy offers a Twitter-like stream of special deals and short-term promotions aggregated from sources across the Web, as well as exclusive deals for ShopSavvy users.

“ShopSavvy is all about arming consumers with information to save them money. During the busy holiday shopping season, ShopSavvy 4 offers new features that enable consumers to save valuable time as well. They can do their research and comparison shopping in the time it takes to scan a product,” Muse said.

Creative Channel Services’ Study Suggests Set-Top Box Is Preferred Upgrade Solution

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Internet TV - 80 Percent of Retail Salespeople Say They Are Familiar With Connected TV

The Internet is most likely to debut in the American living room via a set-top box that is streaming rented content, says a nationwide survey of 3,600-plus consumer electronics retail sales associates conducted by Creative Channel Services (CCS).

Recently, the consumer market has seen an increase in the number of manufacturers that offer Connected TV (Internet TV) technology in stand-alone products and as an embedded feature in TVs, Blu-ray players and other entertainment devices. CCS, a retail marketing agency that works with both consumer-electronics manufacturers and retailers to enhance shopper experiences by empowering retail sales associates with product knowledge, commissioned the survey to gain an understanding of attitudes toward the burgeoning technology at retail stores.

What the agency found is that a majority of retail sales associates are knowledgeable and had definite views on how consumers are likely to adopt the technology, on what consumer activities will help it proliferate and on how long it will take for the technology to replace cable and satellite services.

The recent survey collected responses from store-level associates at national, regional and local retailers of consumer electronics products. The survey found that nearly 80 percent of respondents described themselves as familiar to very familiar with Connected TV and that more than 45 percent felt that consumers will prefer to invest approximately $250 in a set-top box over a new internet-enabled TV, Blu-ray player or home theater system.

When it comes to why consumers will invest in Connected TV, the top-rated response was to have a unified multimedia experience, with 53 percent of respondents rating the consumer-interest level for this activity at “very interested.” Streaming video was rated next highest, with 51 percent of respondents giving the capability a “very interested” response, followed by Web surfing (40%), using online applications (35%), listening to music (34%) and viewing photographs (34%).

Though Connected TV enjoys a high-profile at the moment, more than half of the respondents didn’t feel consumers would look to replace their cable and satellite television services with it for at least another five years (53%). However, the responding retail professionals personally felt that Connected TV technology could replace cable and satellite services sooner, with 28 percent seeing the shift taking hold in three years, and 22 percent seeing it happening as early as two years.

“This survey is very telling,” said Andy Restivo, president and CEO of CCS. “Who better to ask to determine adoption trends for new technologies than the people engaging shoppers every day? The survey highlights the fact that the average retail salesperson carries with them a tremendous amount of product knowledge, even for nascent technologies. As key influencers of consumer purchasing decisions, retail salespeople can drive adoption of cutting-edge technologies and help new products find homes in people’s living rooms.”

If the shift is going to happen soon, manufacturers will need to do more to inform the general public about Connected TV technology. In a survey of consumers also sponsored by CCS, just 31 percent of respondents said they were familiar with the technology, and only 17% said they were likely to purchase a Connected TV solution with the next year.

SportsMetriX System Linked to NCAA Tournament Upsets

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SportsMetriX System Linked to NCAA Tournament Upsets

The unprecedented number of upsets in last season’s NCAA tournament was no coincidence. SportsMetriX software was the one common link that helped Butler, Northern Iowa, Murray State, Baylor, and Cornell for preparing pregame reports for their opponents. Sienna and Montana almost pulled off monumental upsets, too! SportsMetriX’s Basketball Scout software was used by 40 NCAA Div. I teams last year and consistently provided a 5-25 point swing.

SportsMetriX.net is making this software available to all sports fans and media to provide a real fantasy basketball experience by accurately comparing any team or player in the NCAA or NBA. This technology recognizes that all traditional game statistics and season statistics are tainted … since they depend on WHO you play. Teams don’t really know if they have a poor perimeter defense or if they just face good 3 Pt shooting teams.

Basketball Scout provides accurate performance metrics that account for WHO you play … so coaches and players can quickly identify their strengths and weaknesses to focus on areas that have the greatest impact.

According to Dr. Greg Rahn, President of GeneMetriX, “Every team has its own unique personality and recipe for success. It’s fun to discover the weaknesses of opponents, then formulate game plans to exploit those weaknesses.” Fans could have pregame strategy contests before every NBA or NCAA game. Basketball Scout also provides a postgame report which shows WHY teams won or lost the game. SportsMetriX unlocks a new realm of discussion topics for sports enthusiasts.

“Everybody wants our pregame reports and our postgame reports, especially for the NCAA tournament,” says Dr. Rahn. “With only one day of preparation, opponents don’t stand a chance.”

Yakima Vehicle Racks Gives Thanksgiving Travelers Smart Options for Carrying Gear, Luggage and Family

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Trend to Downsizing Cars Means Less Cargo Space For Annual Road Trip. Company Says: Don't Buy a Bigger Car, Get a Bigger Cargo Box Instead

With Americans downsizing to smaller cars and hybrids, Thanksgiving travelers face new challenges on where to put luggage, family and gear. Yakima (www.yakima.com), known for vehicle racks for boats, bikes, camping, winter sports gear, trailers and cargo solutions, has a number of options for consumers looking for smart alternatives for hauling their loads for the holidays. Top of car options include the GetOut™ Pro (MSRP $149), the RocketBox™15 (MSRP $329), and SkyBox™ 16 (MSRP $435).

“More families will turn to car travel for the coming holiday in light of tight family budgets and crowded planes and higher airfares,” said Joel Grabenstein, marketing and promotions manager. “No matter how you work the numbers, it’s always smarter to buy a cargo box than a bigger car.”

“Considering this trend towards smaller and smaller cars, consumers are faced with the pressing problem of where to put their belongings. Yakima has solutions. Our racks are user-friendly and practical, for an easy travel experience. In addition, they have a life-time warranty, something consumers are looking for today,” he continued.

Specifically, the GetOut Pro, with 13 cubic ft. of storage space, is an alternative to a hard shell cargo box. It folds or rolls up for easy storage and attaches easily to raised factory side rails, crossbars or a cargo basket. In addition, the GetOut Pro has weather resistant sealed seams.

The RocketBox 15s, with 15 cubic feet for shorter roofs, works well with sedans or larger-vehicle owners who have items they don’t want to carry inside the car and locks securely.

Lastly, the lockable SkyBox 16 offers 16 cubic feet of storage and has an aerodynamic shape that reduces drag and cuts back on wind noise.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs declares war on Google and RIM

Apple CEO Steve Jobs

Apple CEO Steve Jobs declares war on RIM and Google

In an unprecedented move, Apple CEO Steve Jobs criticized on both of his biggest smartphone rivals, during Apple’s quarterly earnings call. He claimed that Google’s Android system is fragmented and it is very difficult to code for developers. He also lashed out at Research In Motion, that they are too much in their comfort zones and not able to move beyond developing handsets for companies.

He has reason to be boasting, Steve Jobs’ company has just reported that for the first time Apple has broken the $20 Billion in revenue in a quarter. They also have a net income of $4.31 Billion with an Earning Per Share of $4.64. This represents a 70% growth from the same quarter last year.

The tremendous growth is mainly contributed by iPhone sales. During this quarter they have sold 14.1 Million iPhones, compare to 7.4 Million same quarter last year. This is a 91% increased over last year’s quarter.

“We sold 14.1 million iPhones in the quarter which represents a 91 percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter and was well ahead of IDC’s latest published estimate of 64 percent growth for the global smartphone market in the September quarter,” said Jobs. “And it handily beat RIM’s 12.1 million Blackberrys sold in their most recent quarter ending in August. We’ve now passed RIM, and I don’t seem them catching up with us in the foreseeable future. They must move beyond their area of strength and comfort into the unfamiliar territory of trying to become a software platform company.”

Sports & Recreation

SportsMetriX System Linked to NCAA Tournament Upsets

6 Nov 2010

NCAA Basketball Tournament

The unprecedented number of upsets in last season’s NCAA tournament was no coincidence. SportsMetriX software was the one common link that helped Butler, Northern Iowa, Murray State, Baylor, and Cornell for preparing pregame reports for their opponents. Sienna and Montana …

Terminal at 4-years-old, Triumphant at 22, Ryan Dant to Watch His Hero Nolan Ryan and His Beloved Rangers Take on Giants in Game 3

30 Oct 2010

Ryan Dant

Ryan Dant wasn’t supposed to be a 22-year-old. Or an 18-year-old. Or even a 12-year-old. At three-and-a-half, the little boy who loved baseball and Nolan Ryan and his Texas Rangers in particular was told, along with his parents Mark and …

World-Class Snowboarding for the First Time in China

15 Oct 2010

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The 2010/2011 snowboard season is starting with a big bang: The legendary snowboard contest Air & Style is coming to Beijing, People’s Republic of China, with the 6-star Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour event “Oakley and Shaun White present Air …

Entertainment

Peter Gabriel, Sheryl Crow, Jimmy Cliff, and Jack Dorsey, Co-Founder of Twitter, Support Human Rights Organization Using Video to Expose Human Rights Abuses

11 Nov 2010

Human Rights Abuse

Music legend and human rights activist Peter Gabriel will host the 6th Annual Focus for Change benefit dinner and concert for WITNESS, the international human rights organization, on Thursday, December 2nd at Roseland Ballroom in New York City. The event …

Creative Channel Services’ Study Suggests Set-Top Box Is Preferred Upgrade Solution

9 Nov 2010

Internet TV

The Internet is most likely to debut in the American living room via a set-top box that is streaming rented content, says a nationwide survey of 3,600-plus consumer electronics retail sales associates conducted by Creative Channel Services (CCS). Recently, the …

Nissan Whistleblower After being Jailed a 3rd Time Starts Stand-Up Comedy

8 Nov 2010

Sharyn Bovat

Sharyn Bovat, the middle Tennessee relocation consultant assigned to manage the move of Nissan board member Carlos Tavares was arrested and taken to jail on July 7th, 2010 by the Franklin police in Williamson County (case # gsc-3714); the details …

Health

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Aggressive Tobacco Control Strategy and Proposed Graphic Warning Labels

10 Nov 2010

Smoking

Legacy applauds HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the leadership at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its bold new effort announced today to …

Terminal at 4-years-old, Triumphant at 22, Ryan Dant to Watch His Hero Nolan Ryan and His Beloved Rangers Take on Giants in Game 3

30 Oct 2010

Ryan Dant

Ryan Dant wasn’t supposed to be a 22-year-old. Or an 18-year-old. Or even a 12-year-old. At three-and-a-half, the little boy who loved baseball and Nolan Ryan and his Texas Rangers in particular was told, along …

BODY WORLDS’ Producer Sets Sights on Disease Prevention, Creates New Museum Exhibition Addressing American Health Issues

26 Oct 2010

Body World

Anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens and physician, Dr. Angelina Whalley, the trailblazing scientist and creative designer behind Gunther von Hagens’  BODY WORLDS — the anatomical exhibitions seen by 32 million visitors worldwide — announced BODY …

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Does Travel + TSA = Traveling Trauma?

22 Nov 2010

Airport Security Body Scan

Immediately prior to one of the heaviest travel days of the year, there are a multitude of people crying ‘Foul’ on the increased Travel Security Administration security (TSA) measures.  The overall response has said the ‘enhanced pat-downs’ simply go too …

GM’s IPO is hot, and China’s Automaker, SAIC, wants a piece of the action

12 Nov 2010

GM Headquarter

SAIC Motor Corp, China’s largest automaker, is a joint-venture partner with General Motors in China. The Chinese company wants a 1% stake in GM share and is willing to pay between $500 Million to $ 1 Billion for the GM’s …

Consumers Don’t Feel Their Financial Interests Are Being Well Protected and Are Dissatisfied With Many Areas in Financial Services

11 Nov 2010

Financial freedom

A new survey on regulatory reform by TNS, the world’s leading custom research firm, finds that only 46% of American consumers feel  their financial interests are being appropriately protected by laws and regulations.  For consumers who are over-indebted this is …

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Business

GM’s IPO is hot, and China’s Automaker, SAIC, wants a piece of the action

12 Nov 2010

GM Headquarter

SAIC Motor Corp, China’s largest automaker, is a joint-venture partner with General Motors in China. The Chinese company wants a 1% stake in GM share and is willing to pay between $500 Million to $ 1 Billion for the GM’s …

Based on 16 Million Barcode Scans by Smartphone Users, ShopSavvy Reveals the Hottest Gifts for the 2010 Holiday Season

11 Nov 2010

shopsavvy

In the first 10 days of the holiday shopping season, ShopSavvy users performed 16 million product scans with ShopSavvy’s built-in barcode reader, with nearly a third of the smartphone app’s 6.5 million users scanning at least one item from Nov. …

Nissan Whistleblower After being Jailed a 3rd Time Starts Stand-Up Comedy

8 Nov 2010

Sharyn Bovat

Sharyn Bovat, the middle Tennessee relocation consultant assigned to manage the move of Nissan board member Carlos Tavares was arrested and taken to jail on July 7th, 2010 by the Franklin police in Williamson County (case # gsc-3714); the details …

Finance

Consumers Don’t Feel Their Financial Interests Are Being Well Protected and Are Dissatisfied With Many Areas in Financial Services

11 Nov 2010

Financial freedom

A new survey on regulatory reform by TNS, the world’s leading custom research firm, finds that only 46% of American consumers feel  their financial interests are being appropriately protected by laws and regulations.  For consumers who are over-indebted this is …

High Unemployment Rates Lead Consumers Searching For Debt Resolution Morgan Drexen Supports Attorneys In Reducing Debt

1 Nov 2010

Attorneys In Reducing Debt

After several months out of work Stephanie Silver had drained her 401(K) and her debt was rising. Personal savings were not an option for Stephanie an Oregon resident; she started using her credit cards for everyday items. Stephanie’s husband was …

Identity Theft 911 Recommends Identity Theft Services Shopping Tips From The Consumer Federation

23 Oct 2010

National Protect Your Identity Week

In recognition of National Protect Your Identity Week,Identity Theft 911 (http://www.identitytheft911.com) announces its support for the checklist “Nine Things to Check When Shopping for Identity Theft Services” released by the Consumer Federation of America this week. Identity Theft is the …

Technology

Peter Gabriel, Sheryl Crow, Jimmy Cliff, and Jack Dorsey, Co-Founder of Twitter, Support Human Rights Organization Using Video to Expose Human Rights Abuses

11 Nov 2010

Human Rights Abuse

Music legend and human rights activist Peter Gabriel will host the 6th Annual Focus for Change benefit dinner and concert for WITNESS, the international human rights organization, on Thursday, December 2nd at Roseland Ballroom in …

Based on 16 Million Barcode Scans by Smartphone Users, ShopSavvy Reveals the Hottest Gifts for the 2010 Holiday Season

11 Nov 2010

shopsavvy

In the first 10 days of the holiday shopping season, ShopSavvy users performed 16 million product scans with ShopSavvy’s built-in barcode reader, with nearly a third of the smartphone app’s 6.5 million users scanning at …

Creative Channel Services’ Study Suggests Set-Top Box Is Preferred Upgrade Solution

9 Nov 2010

Internet TV

The Internet is most likely to debut in the American living room via a set-top box that is streaming rented content, says a nationwide survey of 3,600-plus consumer electronics retail sales associates conducted by Creative …

Travel

Does Travel + TSA = Traveling Trauma?

22 Nov 2010

Airport Security Body Scan

Immediately prior to one of the heaviest travel days of the year, there are a multitude of people crying ‘Foul’ on the increased Travel Security Administration security (TSA) measures.  The overall response has said the …

Yakima Vehicle Racks Gives Thanksgiving Travelers Smart Options for Carrying Gear, Luggage and Family

5 Nov 2010

YAKIMA-car-rack

With Americans downsizing to smaller cars and hybrids, Thanksgiving travelers face new challenges on where to put luggage, family and gear. Yakima (www.yakima.com), known for vehicle racks for boats, bikes, camping, winter sports gear, trailers …

Branson’s Ozark Mountain Christmas Begins Nov. 1

29 Oct 2010

OZARK MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS

With dozens of star-filled Christmas music shows and a glittering array of light displays, including the 1-mile Branson Area Festival of Lights drive-through, “The Live Music Show Capital of the World” kicks off its annual …